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The Land Of Smiles Collection - 3rd

Current Statistics
Rank

3
GPA with Top Bonuses

66.679
GPA Weighted

66.289
Complete

100.00%
Set Rating

66.679
Retired Statistics
Rank

1
GPA Weighted

66.289
Complete

100.00%
Set Rating

66.289

About This Set: I loved Liberty Nickels even as a kid 65 years ago. I'd get occasional Liberty Nickels in circulation and the simple, classic beauty of Lady Liberty caught my eye even then. Today, that same beauty of Lady Liberty still captivates me and was one of the key reasons I built this collection. I like the coins. The reverse is also nice. It's not the dramatic beauty of the obverse, but as I learned, the reverse is key for collectors. The Roosies have "full-band lines" to help identify top strikes. The Standing Liberty quarters have "full-heads" (or "full nipples" for TYPE I's) The Jefferson Nickels have "full steps." And as Mitch Spivack (Mr. Wondercoin on the boards) taught me, the Liberty Nickels have full left corn ears. It may never have caught on like "full steps" or " or "full-heads," but it's very much a key marker for strike and condition. Warren Mills, at Rare Coins of New Hampshire, was a huge help in building this collection when I was starting out. He has a great eye for good coins and 8 to 10 years later, when I resubmitted his coins, about half crossed or upgraded. That's amazingly good, but then that's Warren for you. Still after I got going, Mitch Spivack became my main supplier of great Lib Nicks. And I know it sounds funny, but we'd sit there on the phone discussing the left corn ear, on Lib Nick after Lib Nick. And it paid off, too, with again, as an amazing approx 50% of his coins crossed and/or upgraded. One ANACS coin even crossed and went up a point. My belief is that if you want to build a great collection, you have to be willing to step up to the plate and swing for the fences. So when I saw a great Lib Nick, I went for it and repeatedly beat out bidders with 10 times as much money or more. They thought I was nuts to ignore the price guides; I thought they were penny wise and pound foolish. Maybe I was nutz, but darn it, I'm just in for the fun of it, and building the number #1 collection of all time in this beautiful classic series was so much fun it made it all worth while. Thanks again Mitch and Warren! I don't think Warren's ever on the message boards, but if you want to reach Mitch, he's on the PCGS Board of Experts and on the message boards as Mr. Wondercoin. If you're collecting these coins, do yourself a favor and contact him. In the meantime, if you want to view my latest treasure, go see "The Land of Smiles" Liberty Nickel business strike. Just posted and the best ever.

The Land Of Smiles Collection

Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
1883 No CENTS 3841 1883 5C MS67 34 1 341
1883 with CENTS 3844 1883 5C MS66+ 16 7 167
1884 3845 1884 5C MS66+ 10 1 101
1885 3846 1885 5C MS66 29 12 2912
1886 3847 1886 5C MS65 46 11 4611
1887 3848 1887 5C MS66 38 6 386
1888 3849 1888 5C MS66 18 5 185
1889 3850 1889 5C MS66+ 4 0 40
1890 3851 1890 5C MS66+ 8 1 81
1891 3852 1891 5C MS67 2 0 20
1892 3853 1892 5C MS66+ 5 0 50
1893 3854 1893 5C MS67 1 0 10
1894 3855 1894 5C MS66+ 8 1 81
1895 3856 1895 5C MS66 30 3 303
1896 3857 1896 5C MS66 20 3 203
1897 3858 1897 5C MS67 1 0 10
1898 3859 1898 5C MS66 38 5 386
1899 3860 1899 5C MS67+ 1 0 10
1900 3861 1900 5C MS67 11 0 110
1901 3862 1901 5C MS67 5 0 50
1902 3863 1902 5C MS67+ 1 0 10
1903 3864 1903 5C MS66 102 18 10218
1904 3865 1904 5C MS66+ 21 2 212
1905 3866 1905 5C MS66+ 25 4 254
1906 3867 1906 5C MS66+ 5 0 50
1907 3868 1907 5C MS66+ 6 1 61
1908 3869 1908 5C MS66 23 6 236
1909 3870 1909 5C MS66 34 5 345
1910 3871 1910 5C MS66+ 4 1 41
1911 3872 1911 5C MS66+ 3 5 35
1912 3873 1912 5C MS66+ 2 0 20
1912-D 3874 1912-D 5C MS66 42 4 424
1912-S 3875 1912-S 5C MS65+ 41 35 4135

COMMENTS

Dan, a big, large and hearty congrats on this fantastic accomplishment. Cannot wait to see images, and then the coins in person. There will be some mighty high records made at the sale in June.

Posted @ 5/7/2012 5:26 PM By d2000f